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Tech News Today 158: Comic Sans Makes You Smarter

by TWiT

Published January 14, 2011


Geohot wins round 1 in PS3 hack case, Apple continues to fight newspapers, eReaders make you dumb, and more.


Run time 43:54
Producer TWiT
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English

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Tom Merritt
Sarah Lane
Jason Howell

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Top Stories

Judge Declines to Rule on Sony’s PlayStation Hack Take-Down Demand
Geohot speaks out on PS3 jailbreak legal battle

Game sales shrunk, but Xbox set records in 2010

Apple nixes free iPad subs for print customers
News Corp., Apple Delay Launch of iPad-Only Paper


Discussion Stories

Intel plans Windows 8 phones
Otellini yawns at Windows on ARM

ARMdevices: ARM-based Google TV platform 'confirmed' and coming soon

VP8 Decoder Implemented In Flash Using Alchemy
Google Clarifies Their H.264 Stance, Hands Keys Of Web Video’s Future Back To Flash
More about Chrome HTML Video codec change

Research Suggests E-Readers Are "Too Easy" To Read

News Fuse

MocoSpace, a mobile social network, and Briabe Media, a mobile marketing agency, say 37 percent of phone users they polled are able to recall brands they’ve seen advertised on their phones. Or, at least, they say they can. AllThingsD points out an important caveat. Poll respondents are most likely to remember seeing ads for mobile carriers. Are they just seeing the logos on their phones?

It was a close race but Windows Phone has been surpassed..... by Windows 98. Win98 has about 0.04 percent worldwide OS market share, according to Net Market Share, and secured about 0.019 percent of all traffic on Chitika's ad network at the beginning of January. By contrast, Windows Phone 7 captured a little less than 0.010 percent market share. Plus Windows 98 runs really snappy on a 1 GHZ snapdragon.

DigiTimes reports all these new tablets coming out might put a strain on display makers. iSuppli says the rush for everyone to get into the iPad kilelr game will generate both shortages and excess inventories, as display makers attempt to satisfy booming demand from their tablet customers. Global tablet shipments are expected to more than triple in 2011, rising to 57.6 million units, up from 17.1 million in 2010.

The Nintendo 3Ds reportedly has a very good 3D screen that doesn't require glasses. Separately, it comes with two cameras for taking 3D pictures. So why not video? Why not indeed. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata used few words to set off a little wave of sighs among the handful of 3D enthusiasts out there. In an interview he stated: "I think it will be fun if we're able to include video recording capabilities with future updates."

How about a couple of totally wild music rumors to brighten your day? Gizmofusion spotted a setting menu option in Android Gingerbread that allows you to "Sync Music" and has woven ithat into speculation Google could come with an iTunes competitor and a music store. Meanwhile the New York Post is blasting that Spotify will finally come to the US after striking a deal with Sony. Spotify says they have nothing to confirm.

The NBCu-Comcast deal has the other broadcasts worried about one provision regarding online video. The FCC could require Comcast to offer NBC programming to any online video service that has reached a similar deal for content from at least one of NBC’s competitors. Lobbyists for both Disney and News Corp., along with Time Warner Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes, fear such conditions could undermine their own efforts to profit from the nascent online video industry.

RIM plans to launch a cloud service and according to Vice President Pete Devenyi the service offered by RIM directly won’t cover as many types of email servers as its software is capable of supporting, leaving room for partners. Devenyi said "There will be other partners that choose to connect to other mail server providers and they may offer a hosted service on their own.” IN other words RIM could manage cloud support for non-BlackBerry devices.

Apple's App Store is about to hit 10 billion downloads, and in honor of the achievement, Apple said it will award its 10 billionth customer with a $10,000 iTunes gift card. Apple has an App Store download counter on its Web site.


Kickers and Weird Science

Thieves rip off SIM cards from Johannesburg's traffic signals

Calendar

Anonymous urges global protests January 15
Is the Motorola Atrix 4G coming to AT&T on March 1?
Report: First Windows 7 service pack sent to OEMs
RIM to ship 1 million PlayBook tablets in 1Q11


Voicemail

Aaron from Ottowa: Amber Alerts on Facebook

Eric from Colorado: You know who should buy MySpace?


Email

"Hey Tom, Jason, Sarah, Dr. Kiki, Becky and the rest of the TNT crew (whew, what a mouthful!) !

In response to yesterday's discussion in regards to mobile ad impressions, those ""mobile"" impressions should represent both ad impressions on mobile apps and on mobile WAP sites.

When it comes to ""trusted"" sources, comScore would be among the more ""reliable"" sources, as Nielson is with broadcast TV (so with it's own pros/cons as well). The problem with individual mobile ad networks is that they're all fragments of the total market, each taking only a slice of the total mobile world. Some focus more on mobile websites, others concentrate on those ""Tier C"" free apps, while others may only do mobile video ads. Nowadays, a lot of the premium apps do their own in-app advertising. AdMob and Quattro have been bought by Google and Apple (respectively) and may skew in favour of one over another. So you really need to look at them as a whole to get a true picture of things.

But yeah, in my own opinion, it's no surprise that Android will continue to take the majority of mobile impressions as we see more phones, tablets, and devices running on the Android platform.

Best, ddawg (Derrick)

P.S. Great seeing all of y'all at CES! "


"Hi Tom, Becky, Sarah and Jason! This is Sergio from Houston. I was listening to Thursdays and you mentioned a new 4G tablet coming to Sprint. Well my brothers sisters cousins uncle said that it might be the Blackberry Playbook that is going to be the first big 4g tablet. Actually its a friend of mine who knows someone who test new products for Sprint who told me this. Not sure if it makes it anymore reliable but it would be interesting to see. What do you guys think?

-- Sergio Robles"

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